San Francisco Methadone Treatment

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San Francisco provides a notable number of opioid treatment alternatives from supervised methadone clinics to private physicians prescribing suboxone (buprenorphine). Counseling is a requirement for those who receive opioid replacement therapy area. Suboxone has established itself as an effective medication for relief from opiate withdrawal symptoms for a significant number of people. Here on the Methadone.US website are links to more information on methadone’s benefits vs. risks, opioid dependence, the role of counseling in addiction treatment, and current job openings in U.S. methadone clinics.


San Francisco Methadone Clinics
BAART Turk Street Clinic
FACET
433 Turk Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 928-7800
BAART Behavioral Health Services Inc
Market Street Clinic
1111 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 863-3883
Westside Methadone Treatment Program 1301 Pierce Street
San Francisco, CA 94115
(415) 563-8200
Fort Help LLC 915 Bryant Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 777-9953
San Francisco General Hospital (SFGH)
Opiate Trt Outpt Prog/Methadone Detox
1001 Potrero Avenue, Building 93
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 206-8412
San Francisco General Hospital (SFGH)
Substance Abuse Servs/Meth Maintenance
1001 Potrero Avenue, Building 90 Ward 93
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 206-8412
Bayview Hunters Point Foundation
Substance Abuse Programs
1625 Carroll Street
San Francisco, CA 94124
(415) 822-8200×12
Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Substance Abuse Programs
4150 Clement Street, Unit 116-E
San Francisco, CA 94121
(415) 221-4810×2818
VA Mental Health Clinic 525 21st Street
Oakland, CA 94612
(510) 587-3400
Berkeley Addiction Treatment Services 2975 Sacramento Street
Berkeley, CA 94702
(510) 644-0200

 

San Francisco Buprenorphine Suboxone Treatment
Ako Jacintho, M.D. 1735 Mission St.
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 746-1940
Laurene Spencer, M.D. BAART Market Street Clinic
1111 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 863-3883×163
Vinh Ngo, M.D. 508 A 14th Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 864-4444
Hanya Barth, M.D. 1200 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 255-1200
Thomas Prendergast, D.O. FT Help
915 Bryant Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 777-9953
Aaron Vance Blackledge, M.D. 508 A 14th Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 864-4444
Charles Parker Windham, M.D. Mobile Crisis Treatment Team
1520 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 355-8300
Audrey Sellers, M.D. 1111 Market St., 1st Flr.
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 863-3883
Kelly Pfeifer, M.D. San Francisco Health Plan
201 Third Street, 7th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 615-4232
Thomas Prendergast, D.O. 915 Bryant Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
(510) 727-9756
Robert Paul Cabaj, M.D. 1380 Howard Street
5th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 255-3447
David F. Hersh, M.D. 1380 Howard Street
2nd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 255-3601
Reda Z Sobky, M.D., PhD 915 Bryant Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 777-9953
Dan Alan Kalshan, M.D. 220 Montgomery Street
Suite 946
San Francisco, CA 94104
(415) 433-7000
Amy Catherine Noack, M.D. VA Downtown Clinic
401 3rd Street
San Francisco, CA 94107
(415) 551-7320
David Lane Pakter, M .D. Potrero Hill Health Center
1050 Wisconsin St
San Francisco, CA 94107
(415) 648-3011
Masaru Fisher, M.D. 760 Harrison Street
San Francisco, CA 94107
(415) 836-1724
Michael Joseph Drennan, M.D. 1050 Wisconsin Street
San Francisco, CA 94107
(415) 920-1213
Sushma Zakkula Magnuson, M.D. 1050 Wisconsin Street
San Francisco, CA 94107
(415) 920-1211
Paul D. Abramson, M.D. 450 Sutter Street
Suite 300
San Francisco, CA 94108
(415) 963-4431
Carolyn Ann Schuman, M.D. Reliance Center
450 Sutter Street, Suite 300
San Francisco, CA 94108
(415) 788-0500
Harm Reduction Therapy Center 423 Gough Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 863-4282×3
BAART FACET
Geary Street Clinic and FACET
433 Turk Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 928-7800
Joe Healy Medical Detoxification
Project
120 Page Street
Floors 2 and 3
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 553-4490
Haight Ashbury Free Clinics Inc 1735 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 552-2114
BAART Behavioral Health Services Inc
Market Street Clinic
1111 Market Street
1st Floor
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 863-3883
Walden House
Substance Abuse Treatment and MH Servs
890 Hayes Street
San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 701-5100
Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Substance Abuse Program
4150 Clement Street
Unit 116-E
San Francisco, CA 94121
(415) 221-4810×2818
Ohlhoff Recovery Programs
Ohlhoff Women's Residential Program
601 Steiner Street
San Francisco, CA 94127
(415) 621-4388×14
Walden House
Adult Residential Program TI
1445 Chinook Court
San Francisco, CA 94130
(415) 989-4902

Methadone Clinics Offer Important Medical Service

methadone clinics medication assistanceThere are currently well over 1000 methadone clinics in operation across the United States and many more throughout the world. Methadone has been a leading treatment intervention for opioid addiction for more than 40 years. Methadone is an FDA-approved medication and it’s use in treating opioid addiction has been identified by SAMHSA as a best practice, evidence-based treatment approach.

Adding to the legacy of methadone as a successful treatment medium are the hundreds of thousands of individuals who have been able to totally eliminate the severe opioid withdrawal sickness that wrecked their lives. The value of this medical benefit is priceless.

The cost for participating in a methadone program varies from clinic to clinic and in part depends on whether the clinic receives any state funding or accepts Medicaid for payment. Many clinics operate as private practices funded primarily through patient self-payment. Private clinics often offer a substantial discount for patients that pay for a month of services in advance.

Due to methadone’s proven efficacy, many addicted people experience rapid relief from opiate withdrawal and find themselves eating and sleeping more normally, gaining weight, and able to work again. They are able to pursue other goals & responsibilities that had previously become too difficult in their active addiction.

Methadone is a powerful medication that must be taken as prescribed and in conjunction with good counseling. When a patient is willing to embrace medication-assisted treatment and to utilize it properly, recovery can happen. This life restoration process is demonstrated on a daily basis all around the country.

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Methadone Clinic North Dakota

methadone north dakotaIt was announced in June that North Dakota would be receiving its first methadone clinic. North Dakota and Wyoming are the only two states in the U.S. that have yet to provide a methadone treatment program for opioid addiction.

The region has suffered in recent years with an increase in the use of heroin and fentanyl, and with associated opioid overdoses. Kurt Snyder is the Executive Director of the new clinic, Heartview Foundation. Mr. Snyder echoed the research-based evidence showing that medication-assisted treatment for opioid addiction provides superior results to abstinence-only treatment interventions.

In the article linked above from The Jamestown Sun, a local police detective indicated that the addiction problem had recently worsened in North Dakota as a result of the price of drugs dropping.

The Heartview Foundation clinic will also offer buprenorphine and naloxone in addition to methadone thus providing a more complete range of medication assisted therapies. Therapeutic counseling and mental health treatment will be a component of the Heartview program as well as drug testing.

Of particular benefit too is the recent initiative in North Dakota that will allow pharmacists the ability to prescribe naloxone so that opioid overdoses can hopefully be greatly reduced. The ready accessibility of naloxone is receiving a nationwide push as communities struggle to address overdose concerns.

Methadone.US welcomes a new addition to the featured clinics here on the site with the listing of BrookStone Medical Center in St. George, Utah.

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Buprenorphine Implant for Opioid Addiction

buprenorphine implantThe FDA has approved a new implantable drug called Probuphine. Probuphine contains the partial opioid agonist, buprenorphine, which is used to suppress the opioid withdrawal symptoms that interfere with daily life.

The implant is the size of a matchstick and is inserted under the skin in the forearm area. It steadily releases a dose of buprenorphine which has been scientifically proven an effective treatment for eliminating opiate withdrawal symptoms in a number of people physically dependent on opioids.

With heroin and opioid overdose deaths at an all time high in the United States, this new alternative offers one more beneficial path for anyone struggling with opioid relapse and chronic withdrawal. Importantly, Probuphine only treats the physical withdrawal from opioids such that the underlying psychological factors of addiction must still be treated through counseling and other support approaches.

The Wall Street Journal has an extensive article on this new medication and the historically important role of methadone and oral buprenorphine. In the article, Nora Volkow (director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse) is quoted as saying:

Scientific evidence suggests that maintenance treatment with these medications in the context of behavioral treatment and recovery support are more effective in the treatment of opioid-use disorder than short-term detoxification programs aimed at abstinence.

Over 47,000 people died in the U.S. of drug overdoses in 2014. A majority of these were attributed to heroin and prescription painkillers. With continued coverage in the media and ongoing community discussion, more answers and helpful interventions will hopefully see the light of day.

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President Proposes Funding Increase for Treating Opioid Addiction

funding drug treatmentPresident Obama recently attended the National Prescription Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit in Atlanta, Georgia. Professionals and concerned citizens used the forum to explore ways to address America’s rising opioid addiction problem.

The President agreed that increased funding is needed to raise access to drug treatment in an effort to simply avoid incarcerating those addicted to heroin and other potentially deadly opioids.

The NBC article referenced here states that over 28,000 people died last year from opioid overdose in the United States. This number has quadrupled since 1999. Many of the overdoses occur from various opioids laced with a powerful prescription pain killer called fentanyl.

Methadone and buprenorphone (the active ingredient in suboxone) are the leading medications used in medication-assisted treatment approaches. Naloxone is another important medication which has been used to reverse opioid overdose. It has saved thousands of lives and is being widely adopted by first responders and police departments across the country due to its proven effectiveness.

President Obama expressed that the U.S. will move toward improved drug treatment access for opioid addicted individuals and that the issue of addiction will be dealt with more as a public health issue as opposed to strictly a criminal act. Included in the proposed legislation is doubling the patient limit such that doctors can treat up to 200 people with buprenorphine (suboxone). The current patient limit is 100.

The Department of Health and Human Services is reported to have committed another $94 million to community health centers to boost their provision of medication-assisted treatment in poor and isolated communities. Many rural areas of the U.S. have very limited availability of opioid addiction services.

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PBS Special on Heroin Addiction in America

frontlinePBS’ Frontline series of specials just aired a compelling documentary by the name of Chasing Heroin. The two hour investigation profiles a number of individuals who became addicted to opioids, some of whom chose methadone or suboxone to help them successfully manage their addictive disorder.

The documentary highlights that addiction is best addressed as a medical illness instead of a punishable criminal act. There is widespread consensus today that putting large numbers of people in prison for drug use has not been an effective approach to the problem of drug addiction.

Incarcerating users is very costly and ultimately does not lead to remaining drug free once released from prison. For those suffering with a chronic opioid addiction, medication assisted treatment has become the standard of care proven to be most effective – particularly for those individuals who have tried others forms of treatment that did not work.

The Frontline documentary linked above is very informative, but please be forewarned that it does display vivid scenes of drug use that some viewers may find disturbing. So please exercise appropriate caution before viewing.

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